5:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Jesse Eisenberg Sets Directorial Debut With TV Comedy (Exclusive)
Jesse Eisenberg is making his directorial debut.
The prolific film actor is creating, writing and directing a comedy for television called Bream Gives Me Hiccups. Based on his collection of stories of the same name, the project hails from Jax Media (the production company behind Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City) and will star Parker Posey, Victor Rasuk and newcomer Elliott Smith.
Described as a bittersweet comedy, Bream Gives Me Hiccups follows a quietly observant child, Oscar (Smith), as he copes with the dramatics of his recently divorced mother (Posey). He spends his lunches in the janitor’s (Rasuk) closet at school writing thoughtful reviews of each restaurant his mom dragged him to the night before. He treats the reviews as a diary, documenting his complex relationship with his mother as they both “grow up” in the wake of a divorce.
The show, which is set to film this month in New York, will be executive produced by Jax Media’s Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns, A24's John Hodges and Ravi Nandan and Eisenberg. It marks Jax's second self-funded project this year, following the Alia Shawkat-led comedy Search Party that's headed to TBS. Bream Gives Me Hiccups will join the company's impressive comedy roster, which also includes Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Younger, Odd Mom Out, Difficult People and The Jim Gaffigan Show.
Following his turn as Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Eisenberg can be seen next on the big screen alongside Kristen Stewart in Woody Allen's Cafe Society. His other film credits include The Social Network, American Ultra, Adventureland, Now You See Me, The Squid and the Whale and Zombieland.
Posey is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Gersh; Rasuk is with Gersh; and Smith is handled by DDO Artists Agency and Authentic Talent.